This may be quite a juvenile talking point and is obviously very subjective but I am interested to know what people's opinions of Everton's all-time Top Ten best players are.
My Top Ten, in order, are...
#1 Dixie Dean
#2 Alan Ball
#3 Tommy Lawton
#4 Neville Southall
#5 Alex Young
#6 Gary Lineker
#7 Andre Kanchelskis
#8 Romelu Lukaku
#9 Trevor Steven
#10 Greame Sharp/ Bob Latchford
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1 Posted 01/07/2017 at 17:41:34
I really don't know how you could mention Lukaku in the same breath of some of the greats in there after all, he's been wanting out since Day One. But hey... Opinions.
2 Posted 01/07/2017 at 17:45:19
W R Dean
3 Posted 01/07/2017 at 17:52:44
4 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:04:05
Dean and Lawton would have to go in on the basis of their records and the reports of those who saw them.
5 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:11:09
Van den Hauwe
Okay it's eleven and they are all from one era but screw it, I love 'em.
6 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:38:20
Pat Van Den Hauwe.
Seeing as how 11 seems to be acceptable
Ask me tomorrow and I will give you a different list.
7 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:49:17
I'm lucky enough to have seen nine of them play.
8 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:54:45
Rideout (only thing I've seen us win).
9 Posted 01/07/2017 at 19:28:51
10 Posted 01/07/2017 at 19:36:48
To me it is how they compare with the others, and with that in mind I think Neville Southall is the best goal keeper I have ever seen; I have seen Pat Jennings and Gordon Banks but, in my view, Neville was better.
Alan Ball was great and so were many others, but who was the best in the world in their position at any time? Ball perhaps, Southall, definitely and then Radcliffe. Add Dixie Dean and I would suggest the rest depend on what age you are.
11 Posted 01/07/2017 at 19:42:43
12 Posted 01/07/2017 at 20:56:21
But these could have figured if timing was better – Rooney, Gascogne, Hughes, Ginola, Beardsley,
13 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:25:49
14 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:29:57
Beardsley shining light in a sea of shit
Sharp so unselfish
Ferguson best aerially I've seen
Pienaar highly underrated
Sheedy smooth player
Martyn 5 years too late
Kanchelskis real deal
Honorary mention for Richard Gough to be able to defy time is quite a skill.
15 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:41:31
Another all-timer must be Big Nev and on that note i'd like to give a shout to Graham Stuart, if not for him where would/could we all be today?
I was there that day and sweating bricks, oh and another thank you to the great Hans Segers... I'll get my coat.
16 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:48:45
Southall – Best in the world.
Steven – Created goals, scored goals.
Sheedy – As above.
Reid. – Heartbeat of the 80s side.
Kanchelskis – Best winger in the world at his peak.
Sharp – So good he was hugely successful with 3 totally different partners.
Beardsley – Was far too good and intelligent for the mediocre side he payed in.
Lineker – Best goalscorer I've ever seen in a Blue shirt. Sold far too soon.
Ratcliffe – As fast and as good as any defender in Europe in his prime.
Limpar – So two-footed I still don't know if he was right or left footed. Hugely gifted he should achieved much more.
17 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:04:48
Also, I can't believe I missed Graham Stuart off my list...one of my big favourites as a kid. Absolute nonsense from HK in selling him to Sheff Utd.
18 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:05:35
1. Kevin Sheedy
2. Neville Southall
3. Trevor Steven
4. Gary Stevens
5. Kevin Ratcliffe
6. Bob Latchford
7. Tim Cahill
8. Leighton Baines
9. Graeme Sharp
10. Andrei Kanchelskis
19 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:16:16
Van den Hauwe
Ferguson (on one of his days)
Subs: Cahill, King, Lyons, Gough, The Stracq
20 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:16:27
Here is my 11:
Southall - Best keeper I've ever seen.
TG Jones - based on the legendary status he is held in
Brian Labone - A giant amongst men
Alan Ball - The greatest Evertonian of them all.
Peter Reid - A winner with skill
Howard Kendal - Best all round midfield player I have ever seen
Colin Harvey - Silky skills
Dixie Dean - Legend
Tommy Lawton - Dad's choice; said he was better than Dixie
Alex Young/Roy Vernon - The best front two pairing I have ever seen in a Blue shirt
First reserves (excuse to name others!)
(Ray Wilson/ Leighton Baines - hard to choose although Ray was a world cup winner.)
Alex Parker - a prototype Leighton Baines
Paul Bracewell - a Rolls Royce version of Mohammed Besic
Kevin Sheedy - one of the best left foots ever seen - pity about his right.
Trevor Steven - He wasn't known as "Tricky" for nothing.
As for Lukaku, I wouldn't insult previous legends by even considering him and, for the record, I don't think he's that good anyway.
21 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:20:00
Ball - I've seen enough of him
22 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:49:21
#1. Duncan Ferguson
#2. Andrei Kanchelskis
#3. Neville Southall
#4. Peter Reid
#5. Peter Beardsley
#6. Gary Speed
#7. Kevin Sheedy
#8. Mikel Arteta
#9. Don Hutchison
#10. Thomas Gravesen
23 Posted 01/07/2017 at 23:02:22
24 Posted 01/07/2017 at 23:03:24
1. Tim Cahill
2. Duncan Ferguson
3. Neville Southall (probably should be higher but my main memories are the end of his days rather than the whole career
4. Lee Carsley (thought he was a limited player maybe but what he did well he did very well)
5. Anders Limpar
6. Mickel Arteta
7. Dave Watson
8. Seamus Coleman
9. Joe Parkinson (he just did what he did)
10. Gary Speed
11. Leighton Baines
Many more in the mix, but those are the players I remember looking for on team sheets, there are likely others with more talent not on, but talent isn't everything.
25 Posted 01/07/2017 at 00:01:17
Seen on pitch...
God knows how that lot could be permed... No centre forward.. No Sheedy... No Latchford.. No Beardsley.. My 'ead' urts
26 Posted 02/07/2017 at 07:59:10
27 Posted 02/07/2017 at 08:05:52
28 Posted 02/07/2017 at 08:15:03
That's 11 in my list!
29 Posted 02/07/2017 at 08:55:47
Best keeper ever for any club in any era, the man absolutely defied the laws of time, gravity and physics. Attitude to this day is beyond belief. Eleven Big Nevs would beat any side through sheer indomitable willpower. We should have the great man cloned.
30 Posted 02/07/2017 at 10:12:46
1st eleven of my favourite Everton players from my time watching the club:
Coleman Ratcliffe Lescott Baines
Steven Dacourt Cahill Limpar
31 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:10:29
Perhaps he was passed his peak when he came to us but he was still class - sentiment agility aside :) a fantastic footballer. I wish we had had him longer.
32 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:31:40
Bloody difficult leaving some smashing players out...
33 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:44:27
34 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:57:54
Gordon West (yes, two goalkeepers!)
Andrei Kanchelskis (first season only!)
My all-time favourites though (you know, the ones that you fret over when they leave) would probably include Phil Jagielka, Tim Cahill, Seamus Coleman, Andy King, David Unsworth and Leighton Baines. But that would be a totally different set of criteria.
35 Posted 02/07/2017 at 13:43:13
1. Southall 1987-1990; I thought he deteriorated after. In those years, he was probably the best player to pull on the jersey that I saw. No one else made me shake my head in disbelief like Southall did when he pulled off one of his match winning saves.
2. Arteta, pre-injury. I could not believe how good with both feet he was. And he could go past a man.
3. Sheedy. Ridiculously under rated.
4. McCall. Controversial choice but I thought he was the best player by a mile in the 88-89 side. He could have won us the cup, in the days when winning the cup still meant something.
5. Beardsley. Brilliant player.
7. Pienaar pre Spurs.
8. Baines. 50-odd Premier League assists
9. Dave Watson.
10. Anders Limpar. Genius. Will never forget his performance at Stamford Bridge when we won 1-0 in the league in November 1994.
36 Posted 02/07/2017 at 14:16:01
Fave players... Duncan McKenzie & Andy King... real Footballers'.
37 Posted 02/07/2017 at 14:19:56
Southall, Gidman, Gough, Labone, Pejic, Steven, Ball, Dobson, Thomas, McKenzie, Latchford.
39 Posted 02/07/2017 at 15:07:26
Todd Labone Ratcliffe Baines
Ball Gascoigne Kay
40 Posted 02/07/2017 at 15:09:19
1 Neville Southall. I loved this man throughout his time with us. From being the best keeper (imo) in the world to the time he sat against the post in protest at how far we were falling. Legend!
2 Kevin Ratcliffe. Our captain and rock at the back during our 80's pomp. He always seemed to catch any striker who got past.
3 Kevin Sheedy. Just a magician with that left peg. Never seemed to run anywhere but few could land a ball on a six-pence from a cross. Fewer retake a free kick and just take the piss by placing it perfectly in the opposite top corner to the first.
4 Gary Lineker. Only one season but I remember being proud he was our player at Mexico '86 and he just appeared to score for fun. As a 10-year-old lad, he was who I pretended to be playing footie against the garages with my mates.
5 Andrei Kanchelskis. Another short stay but for a time when we had him in the team you felt like we could beat anyone. What we would do to get a player like him today...
6 Duncan Ferguson. The 90's were quite a poor time and he was a highlight for me. One of the few players you felt other teams actually worried about when playing us.
7 David Unsworth. I genuinely believe that he bleeds blue, and would run through a wall for the sake of the team. Always felt confident when he took a pen as well.
8 Mikel Arteta. How we got him so cheap in don't know, but he oozed class and gave us that flair in the middle.
9 Tim Cahill. Another transfer steal. Played the game like I think us fans would, with heart on sleeve and running into the ground for the team. Also had the best goal celebration I've ever seen for a player in royal blue.
10 Wayne Rooney. Aside from the manner in which he left, what an impact he made from the start. That goal against Arsenal I must've watched for weeks on a saved recording of MotD. For a short time he was figuratively ripping up trees and terrifying opposition and he was one of us.
41 Posted 02/07/2017 at 15:19:45
I always liked Martin Dobson too, or is she my wife? All gets Tricky...
42 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:02:15
43 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:08:50
44 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:13:16
45 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:13:28
Southall; Stevens, Mountfield, Ratcliffe, Van Den Hauwe; Steven, Reid, Bracewell, Sheedy; Sharp, Lineker.
I would have to have Kanchelskis, Ferguson and Cahill on the bench!
46 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:24:01
Legends every one of them!!!
47 Posted 02/07/2017 at 17:37:09
Subs: Gerrard, Krøldrup (the centre half who couldn't head the ball), Gemmill, Pembridge, Pistone, Beattie
I loved all these beauties!
48 Posted 02/07/2017 at 17:58:32
1. Slaven Bilic
2-10: Slaven Bilic
Nyarko was bad but honorable mentions must go to Vinny Samways, Brett Angell, Kenny Sansom, Mitch Ward, Carl Tiler, Neil Moore.
Danny Williamson and Stephen Hughes I leave out as I felt both were unlucky with injuries.
49 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:08:01
And Stephen Hughes was the heartbeat of my All-Conquering Everton team on Championship Manager!
Unfortunately, they both never lived up to my unrealistic expectations.
50 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:14:15
Or alternatively the 84-85 title winning team
51 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:31:13
52 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:55:36
53 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:32:01
I can also remember being dismayed by what I saw in Henry Newton, Rod Belfitt and Joe Harper from the early-mid 70s and, worse, the Bilic-inspired left-back slackers that were Pistone and Valente under Smith and Moyes.
54 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:10:56
55 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:12:04
56 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:03:30
Just listed my all-time heroes, but tomorrow my list will be different I'm sure.
57 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:13:46
58 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:21:14
I see you've got 'mad' Mikael Madar in your worst 10.
I contemplated putting Madar in my 10 faves. I thought he was a great player in the worst Everton team Kendall assembled. He was definitely a poor man's Cantona, but we were a very poor side.
59 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:24:27
60 Posted 03/07/2017 at 07:08:06
Unfortunately some of my favorite players don't make the cut, namely : Reid,
Harvey, Ferguson, Cahill, Kendall, Hickson and Gabrial.
61 Posted 03/07/2017 at 09:28:09
Then gets interesting. I'm going
Lawton (on record)
Lineker (because he really was all that)
Reid (a decrepit old man who bossed midfields for three glorious seasons).
Honourable mentions for the joy they brought me:
Duncan MacKenzie .
Andy King (for much but mostly for one glorious moment).
I saw them all bar Lawton.
I saw Dean kick off against the Shite once :^)
62 Posted 03/07/2017 at 09:36:52
Wayne Rooney, who in another universe might have occupied a place in the top three, and a very interesting Colin Todd. An imperious single season with us.
63 Posted 03/07/2017 at 11:22:27
64 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:48:14
65 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:22:03
In my time (97 onwards when I was 7) I'd say the following;
4) Steven Pienaar
8) Nigel Martyn
10) Sylvain Distin (we haven't been the same at the back since losing his pace!)
Honorable mentions to Saha (was so gifted but too injured), Barry (seeing him at the end but what a player), Fellaini and finally Rooney
66 Posted 03/07/2017 at 22:31:06
I look to who I watched:
Jimmy Gabriel, who, as far as I am concerned, was the greatest player to put on the shirt.
Tony Kay; only for his indiscretions would have been England's captain (lucky man, Bobby Moore).
The finest trio ever to play the game must come into this: Alan, Colin & Howard.
The greatest left back in the world: Ray Wilson.
Then we have Neville Southall... all these cunts talk about the Manc Danish cunt not fit to lace his boots. I would have said Gordon West but Nev was the man.
Brian Labone what a captain, what a man, the last of the Corinthians was the truest thing ever said.
Bobby Latchford what a goalscorer this man was... unbelievable!
I am sitting here in Tbilisi, living my life thinking about my club; we all have favorites but these are some of mine. Johnny Morrisey, Derek Temple, Alex Young, Dennis Stevens, Royston Vernon....
67 Posted 03/07/2017 at 23:00:28
Lawton (if you know your history)
T G Jones (my grandad's favourite player)
McKenzie (my hero as a kid)
Rooney (sheer excitement when he came on the scene)
Todd (absolute class, a Rolls Royce)
Ferguson (not the giant with the size 6 feet but the fella who bullied Liverpool players.)
Tony Kay (my dad's favourite player)
Alan Ball (perpetual motion)
Neville Southall (Adam Carey's, 40, reason)
68 Posted 04/07/2017 at 08:19:32
69 Posted 04/07/2017 at 09:41:55
I would include:
Alex Young (all on reputation)
Paul Bracewell (for a brief period pre his injury... if only he had been at the World Cup in 86, I am sure we would have won it with 5 Everton players in the team)
Rooney (he was an Everton player when he had his best international tournament)
These were all among the best in their position in the world for a time when they were playing for Everton.
others to consider (but not amongst the best in the world TBH) Reid, Latchford, Dobson, Labone, Harvey, Vernon, Arteta, Lukaku, Lineker, Sharp... maybe Tim Cahill and maybe a couple from the current squad; time will tell!
70 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:01:58
As for Lukaku...!
71 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:25:57
Honourable mentions to Joe Parkinson and Adrian Heath, pre injuries.
72 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:31:14
It's not always just about ability, because Eddie had a great set of lungs. I can still remember him playing right back and making a goal for Sharp, possibly on his Everton debut?
73 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:03:45
I chose this list of shite as I genuinely don't believe that in the time of Everton games that I can actually remember, we've had any decent players.
Save for Mikel Arteta who was the only one who has made me want to watch Everton (for the quality of football) in all these years.
All the rest have been honest hard-workers in the time that I can remember at least.
I was 10 the last time we won the league and besides, people are picking players based on their status and reputation so I thought I'd base mine on what I've actually seen and can remember.
74 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:23:27
75 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:26:54
1 - Arteta
2 - Lukaku
3 - Baines
4 - Pienaar
5 - Cahill
6 - Jagielka
7 - Distin
8 - Fellaini
9 - Saha
10 - Coleman
76 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:44:35
2. Kevin Sheedy;
3. Trevor Steven;
4. Gary Stevens;
5. Peter Beardsley;
6. Anders Limpar;
7. Andrei Kanchelskis;
8. Thomas Gravesen;
9. Tim Cahill;
10. Mikel Artea;
11. Seamus Coleman.
I did it in the order of the era in which they played. I went the game in the 80s from my first season in '83/'84 when I went the cup final twice! But I was far too young to really assess that side, all I know is Southall was fantastic well into my adulthood, Tricky Trev was my idol, and Stevens used to be electric in overlapping him. I remember an old Kevin Sheedy in the early 90s still being head and shoulders better than a poor Everton side, with that great goal in '92.
Then, I went with Peter Beardo who was a great player for us in a disappointing time as we slipped down the league. Limpar was the best player the last time we won a trophy with a great pass to Jackson for the cross for the goal and an even better one earlier in the game highlighting his passing, but I loved his ability to take players on, despite not being the fastest.
Kanchelskis was not really here long enough, but we've had so few great players, that his performance for not even a year (injured for the first half of the 95/96 season, and wanting away during the 96/97 season) makes my list. So fast and a howitzer of a right foot, summed up by the goal against arsenal.
Gravesen did not do much for a few years. I always thought that was more to do with the team playing long balls than his ability, and once he was able to dictate play we got 4th. The fact that we got 2/3 of the points whilst he was in the side and then 1/3 of the points after he left halfway through shows just how much of it was down to him. Of course there is the joke that Madrid wanted Carsley and not Gravesen, but Gravesen's technique was sublime. His touch is the best I've seen by anyone in a blue shirt. He saw passes that you needed to be sat in the crowd to see. He was a magnificent player.
Tim Cahill was selected as the best player from the Moyes era, and the epitome of the side. He was consistent as we were consistent. Pieanaar and Osman had better technique. But Cahill was the one who delivered time and again.
Mikel Arteta was such a joy to watch. After the highs of 4th, we came crashing down to earth the next season, smashed out of the UEFA 5-1 or something by Bucharest and it took ages to get going again and "recover" to 11th. By then Arteta was established as our best and most skilful player. I recall in that first season, that he would play like a matador, taking people on, on the edge of our box, and beating 3 or 4 at a time. Anyone else and it would have been hearts in mouths, but he was greeted by shouts of olé as we had total faith in him. Arsenal never saw the real Arteta as he was never the same again after destroying his knee.
Coleman definitely makes my top 10. Perhaps Beardo should drop out? The best side since '87 was Martinez's 72 point side. That was far better than Moyes side who finished 4th with barely 60 points. Who was the best player? Barkley? Lukaku? Barry or McCarthy? Mirallas? No for me it was the marauding right back and his longevity makes him deserve a place in my list.
Really Romelu Lukaku should be in as well, but the other players are dear to me, and he is not.
77 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:52:07
Was West better than Nev? - No...just, but by enough.
Would he have be a better replacement than Mimms? - Yes.
Fullbacks; Wright - Brown / K. Newton Vs Stevens - P. vd Hauwe...waggles hand.
Full-backing had and still was evolving though. So what of Parker and Wilson? Well they were almost universally recognised for a period in the early 60's as the best in the world...No lesser personage as Jock Stein said give me Parker and Wilson as FB's and I'll give you a League Championship...but that was in the early 60's and as I said Full-backing has/was/ evolving.
So what of Lescott, Coleman and Baines - well I just don't know one way or the other, too many variables. All I will say is Lescott could've slotted in for either Brown or Newton with no loss of overall performance.
Labone and Hurst Vs Ratcliffe and Mountfield. As pairs? 6 of 1, etc.
Individually they were all 'Boss Apples,' firm, juicy, etc - just 4 different varieties.
Hurst played Longer but Mountfield seemed to have more goals in him in a shorter time.
Though by all that's been said, TE Jones would've pissed over all of them.
Now it gets hard; Wing Halfs, Inside Forwards, Mid Fielders, Wide Mid Fielders, Out and Out Wingers, Goalscoring wingers ( or even a support to the CF.
Kendall, Ball, Harvey; were they aided in a 4 or 5 by Morrissey & Husband?? some say Yes, some say No - I say maybe...sometimes. But don't forget Tommy Jackson.
Steven, Reid, Bracewell, Sheedy + Richardson and Harper...not even going there...Too Hard.
Would Collins, Kay, Gabriel, D. Stevens, Beardsley, Dobson,Young and Vernon have fitted in seamlessly? More than likely.
Joe Mercer?? Where do you even place MacKenzie?
Royle Vs Sharp & Grey...I have to give it to Sharp on longevity. Young and Vernon were goalscorers too and better all round footballers. Vernon was a better 'sniffer' than Lineker - just.
Latchford walked on water.
Pickering was better than Wilkinson, jeez, Gabriel was a better C.F. than Wilko.
Lawton would on 'repp' be even better than them.
Then there's W. R. Dean. - no contest.
Morrissey & Husband well they were good and Steven and Sheedy weren't true wingers.
Temple &Scott eh...by all accounts Tommy Ring was better, but Kanchelskis was faster...or was he? who knows.
As always with The Ev - more questions than answers...and depending who you ask there are plenty of different answers.
and I'm sure somebody will come back with - you forgot xxxxxxx.
An Interesting close season exercise, to pass half an hour.
78 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:11:09
79 Posted 04/07/2017 at 13:20:48
80 Posted 04/07/2017 at 20:28:02
81 Posted 05/07/2017 at 13:55:16
But fair dos some great picks and reasoning in your selections, I cannot even narrow it down to 20, even those I have seen since the mid seventies.
82 Posted 06/07/2017 at 09:19:01
However sentiment also comes into this. I always enjoyed watching Davie Thomas and have a soft spot for Stuart McCall.
Then again, how do we line up? In 85 you wouldn't play Ball and Reid in the same 4-4-2, but in a modern 4-2-3-1 they'd both play.
Anyway, its my dime, so here goes:
Gordon West (first hero)
Seamus Coleman (Just edges Gary Stephens)
Brian Labone (Royal Blue blood)
Allan Ball (Assuming Reid is injured again)
Paul Bracewell (Best passer of a ball I've ever seen. Children: watch the Sunderland game on YouTube)
Kevin Sheedy (No contest)
Aruna Kone (Just joking)
83 Posted 09/07/2017 at 22:35:40
All from the good old days no cheating, diving, no big screen to see if they look good. Alan Ball the greatest for me.
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